Parking Lot Attendant

Manage the flow of traffic in and out of parking lots.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $29,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Parking Lot Attendants do?

Parking Lot Attendants park and protect cars at parking lots. More than that, however, they’re Gatekeepers for both the lot and a lifestyle. You see, in all cities and at some establishments — for example, high-end office buildings, upscale shopping malls, fancy hotels, fine restaurants, and private clubs — parking lots are gateways to the good life. Literally and symbolically, they’re proof that you’ve “arrived,” whether it’s for an hour, an evening, or a lifetime.

After all, people’s cars — whether purchased out of desire or necessity — are prized possessions. Because they’re temporarily entrusted to you when you’re a Parking Lot Attendant, your job is protecting a piece of your customer’s personality, pride, and livelihood.

Someone who probably loves cars, you spend your shifts as a Parking Lot Attendant inside a booth near the entrance to a parking lot or parking garage, either public or private. When motorists arrive in their car, it’s your job to greet them, give them a claim ticket, and then either take their keys and park their vehicle for them, or direct them to an available spot using hand signals or flashlights. Then, when they return, it’s your job to collect payment, and either retrieve the vehicle or escort the customer to their car.

When things are slow, you might also be responsible for washing the parking lot, performing routine maintenance tasks, and — if your lot offers these services — washing cars, changing their oil, and filling them with gas.

Part Valet, part vehicular Doorman, you’re basically a Caretaker for cars: While their owners are away, you babysit them (without story and snack time, of course!).


Should I be a Parking Lot Attendant?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Auto Hiker, Automobile Relocation Engineer, Car Hiker, Car Hostler, Car Jockey, Car Shagger, Front Services Agent See More

    How to become a Parking Lot Attendant

    Most Parking Lot Attendants have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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